Tag : provision-2
Tag : provision-2
There are few people in the world who don’t want to prosperous, whether it’s prosperous in business, ministry or health. Culture teaches us that prosperity is up to us. We work and strive, spending long hours in the office or at the volunteer job. Some religiously buy Lotto tickets in hopes that they snag the million dollar winner. But I’ve learned over the years that prosperity and success are gifts from God, and he wants us to steward them well. In Job 1 when Satan and God have a discussion about the upstanding and God-fearing Job, Satan said, “Yes, but Job has good reason to fear God. You have always put a wall of protection around him and his home and his property. You have made him prosper in everything he does. Look how rich he is!” (Job 1:9-10, NLT)
Many of us know the story of Job. God took everything away—Job’s children, livestock and health, but in Job 1:21 Job says, “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.” Job knew that everything he possessed came from the hand of God and God had the right to remove everything. He was only a steward of the property.
That’s the way we feel about the house we live in. Our names may be on the home loan, but we believe it’s God’s house. This week is my doctoral in-class residency, required once a semester. One of my classmates will be based out of here this week. When we tape television shows, we always offer guests a place to stay at our home and we’ve had several pastors stay in our guest room when they are passing through. Once, a friend and her family lived here for a few weeks because there new house was not ready yet. This is one way we can bless others with the blessing we have received.
I believe that when we acknowledge God as provider, he is pleased and it gives Him glory. James 1:17 says, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” And when we follow Jesus we should not worry about provision. Jesus said, “‘That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear. For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing. Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds!” (Luke 12:22-24).
Today, will you join me in thanking God for everything He’s given us—both large and small? Like any good Father, God wants His children to prosper.
“What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? if you who are evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” (Luke 11:11, BSB).
We are making plans for our annual Level-Up Women’s Conference October 9th but this week we found out there are two other events on the same weekend. This could cause worry, but I choose to trust in God’s provision and to remember how He has blessed this event in the past.
This morning I was reading in Mark 8 about Jesus’s feeding of 4000 people, using only seven loaves of bread and two fish. After the disciples witnessed this miraculous event, they got back into their boat, and realized they only had one loaf of bread for their journey. They fretted. Had they not just seen how Jesus multiplied the bread? Didn’t they understand He could do it again?
Sometimes we forget what the LORD has provided in the past, and we focus on the potential problems rather than the problem solver—Jesus.
I have been reading a book by Kris Valloton and Bill Johnson, pastors at Bethel Church in Redding, California. It’s called The Supernatural Ways of Royalty. In this book, Vallotton talks about the “pauper” mentality he had to overcome, due to his dysfunctional childhood. He says “a pauper is born into insignificance. He grows up, he learns through life that he has no value and his opinions don’t really matter. Therefore, when he becomes a king, he is important to the world around him, but he still feels insignificant in the kingdom that lies within him.”
Even at this point in my life, I have to fight a pauper mentality due to my own dysfunctional childhood, as in the case of our Level-Up Women’s Conference. I could believe that our numbers will be down, or that we don’t compare favorably to other events, but Jesus promises abundance to us as daughters and sons of the King. It is the enemy of our souls who wants us to think differently. In John 10:10 Jesus said, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
We have a royal inheritance and we have to expect that He will provide as He has before, and this royal provision will be more than we ever imagined. I refuse to have a pauper mindset.
What about you? As a believer in Christ, do you let the circumstances around you rule your thinking, or do you trust the God of abundance who wants to shower you with His provision because of your royal standing? It’s a choice we all have to make.